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Soccer and Volleyball Television Schedule Announced

Aug 23, 2007

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BOULDER - Fox Sports Net Rocky Mountain announced today that it will televise a University of Colorado soccer and volleyball match this season. Both will take place the first week of October. The volleyball match on Wednesday, Oct. 3 against Missouri will kick off the week and the soccer game on Friday, Oct. 5 against Nebraska will round out the action. Both contests are in Boulder.


Former Colorado Rapid and National Soccer Hall of Fame member Marcelo Balboa will return as a game analyst for the soccer game and teams up with FSN's Marc Stout to call the action for the contest.  Stout was the play-by-play announcer for FSN Rocky Mountain's Colorado Rapids telecasts from 1997 to 2004.  


Colorado, ranked No. 14 in the nation according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of American preseason poll, is picked to finish third in Big 12 action.  The Buffaloes, coming off a 14-6-4 season in 2006, also appeared in the Soccer Buzz preseason poll at No. 21.


Among the eight returning starters to coach Bill Hempen's roster are the top two scorers from a year ago, sophomore U-20 National Team member and Preseason All-Big 12 forward Nikki Marshall (17 goals, 37 points) and junior midfielder Alex Cousins (five goals, 17 points).


In last year's meeting, Colorado tied the Huskers 1-1 in Lincoln, Neb.  The Buffaloes trail Nebraska in the all-time series by a decisive 2-7-1, and are 1-3-1 playing at home. The Oct. 5 game is set for a 4 p.m. start at Prentup Field.


The Buffaloes will make their season debut this Saturday, August 25 at 7 p.m. when they face Northern Colorado in an exhibition match in Greeley, Colo. 


The volleyball team will play a pair of matches on television, one on FSN and one on CSTV. The first of two matches to be televised is by FSN on Wednesday, Oct. 3 against Missouri at 6:30 p.m. at the Coors Events Center. The two teams split the series last season, with the Buffs winning at home while MU won in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers are currently ranked 20th in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Preseason Poll while the Buffs are receiving votes.


Drew Goodman will call the play-by-play for the match. This will be the second straight year Goodman has done the play-by-play for a CU volleyball match.


The second match will be live on CSTV against Nebraska on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in Lincoln. The Buffaloes were the lone team to defeat the Huskers in 2006 on their way to the national championship and a 33-1 overall record. Nebraska is once again picked to win the Big 12 conference and is the top-pick in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Preseason Poll. In total, five Big 12 matches will be televised live on CSTV, with Nebraska playing in every contest.


The Buffs are 31-10 against the Tigers overall and own a 17-3 record at the Coors Events Center. Nebraska owns the series at 41-6 and a 22-1 advantage in Lincoln against CU.


Colorado finished the 2006 season with a 17-12 record and went 12-8 in the Big 12, tying for fourth with Iowa State. CU advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to No. 3 Washington. The Buffs return three starters from last year's squad, including sophomore Mallori Gibson and juniors Alex Buth and Lauren Schaefer. Gibson was second in the team in kills (351) and Buth was third (231). Schaefer ranked first on the team in blocks (0.93). The team announced earlier that Amber Sutherland would redshirt the 2007 season.


The Buffs kick of the 2007 season Friday at the All-State Sugar Bowl Volleyball Classic. They face the host, Tulane, at 6 p.m. and Furman on Saturday, at 12 p.m.



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